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Graphic Communications - Associate of Applied Science Degree

72 Credits
AAS 3493
Degree Description

Through the Graphic Communications program, learners will develop the creative side of themselves while carrying out their creativity in an actual production setting. The program offers training and instruction for learners interested in graphic design, graphic production, web design and animation media. Introductory and advanced levels of illustration, layout and design, typography and product photography are also taught. Learners will learn how to prepare their work for production with classes in work flow, printing processes and web page design. Students receive hands-on training using the latest Adobe Creative Suite, which includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash and Acrobat.

Admission Dates: Fall Semester

Offered on the North Mankato Campus
The course requirements listed below are specific to the 2017-2018 school year. If you need to view the program from previous years view our Catalog Archive.

Required Technical Courses (16 Courses)

Complete the following courses:
GCC 1100 Introduction to Graphic Communications (4 Credits)
GCC 1120 Graphic Software 1 (4 Credits)
GCC 1130 Layout and Typography (3 Credits)
GCC 1141 Digital Image Exploration (3 Credits)
GCC 1210 Drawing for Graphic Designers (3 Credits)
GCC 1220 Graphic Software 2 (4 Credits)
GCC 1260 Printing Processes (4 Credits)
GCC 2110 Design and Illustration 1 (4 Credits)
GCC 2120 Portfolio 1 (3 Credits)
GCC 2150 Web/Interactive Media 2 (3 Credits)
GCC 2161 Production Work Flow 1 (3 Credits)
GCC 2210 Design and Illustration 2 (4 Credits)
GCC 2220 Portfolio 2 (3 Credits)
GCC 2250 Web/Interactive Media 3 (3 Credits)
GCC 2261 Production Work Flow 2 (3 Credits)
COMP1140 Web for Business (3 Credits)

Technical Courses (Optional)

The following courses are not required but are optional courses which may be beneficial to you in this career field. You will graduate from this program even if you do not complete these courses.
GCC 2275 Special Problems (1 - 4 Credits)
GCC 2290 Graphic Communications Internship (1 - 3 Credits)

Required Liberal Arts and Sciences (3 Courses)

To complete an AAS Degree, students must complete 18 MnTC credits from 3 of the 10 MnTC goal areas.

Select the following courses:
ENGL100 Composition (4 Credits)
COMM140 Interpersonal Communication (3 Credits)
COMM110 Public Speaking (3 Credits)
ART 110 Art Structure (3 Credits)
ART 130 Painting (3 Credits)
ART 140 Digital Photography (3 Credits)

Elective Liberal Arts and Sciences

Select 8 additional MNTC credits from goals 1 - 10.

The following courses are recommended: PSYC100, SOC100, ART100, ART110, ENGL130, PHIL100 and PHIL 215.
PLEASE NOTE: All program plans are preliminary and curriculum may change without notice. Your catalog of record may have different requirements.